Man Accused of Stabbing Rampage In Vegas Was In the U.S. Illegally

Brittany M. Hughes | October 12, 2022
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It turns out the man accused of stabbing two people to death and injuring several more in Las Vegas in broad daylight last week is also an illegal alien, lending insult to…well, injury for the people he attacked and the loved ones they left behind.

Yoni Barrios, 32, has been charged with two counts of murder and 6 counts of attempted murder after he reportedly stabbed five women posing as showgirls and a group of tourists with a 12-inch knife last Thursday outside the Wynn Hotel on the Vegas Strip just before noon. When asked why he did it, Barrios told police he wanted to “let the anger out” after several people supposedly laughed at him for asking to take a picture with the women.

Maris DiGiovanni, 30, and Brent Hallett, 47, both died from their injuries. The four other showgirls and two more tourists were left wounded.

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Barrios, who was charged back in 2019 with criminally injuring someone in a domestic violence incident in California, has now been charged and is being held without bond while authorities try to evaluate his mental state, given the seemingly random nature of the attack and the fact that at the time he stabbed the victims, he was wearing a chef’s coat and carrying a knife.

U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement confirmed to Fox News that Barrios is in the country illegally.

As for the 2019 charge out of Cali, the Daily Mail notes the actual incident occurred in August of 2018 and was filed in 2019, but that the pretrial hearing wasn’t scheduled until April of 2021. Those felony charges were ultimately dismissed by a judge not because Barrios wasn’t guilty, but because the case had sat around in the system for too long. Had Barrios been found guilty, the report notes, he likely would have been in jail at the time of this latest incident.